Our country relies on eighteen-wheelers to travel from city to city, deliver goods and keep businesses going. When a driver error or equipment malfunction causes one of these massive vehicles to lose control or crash, every person is in harm’s way.
Many people do not realize that large trucks can weigh up to 80,000 pounds when fully loaded. When you consider that most passenger vehicles — like SUVs, trucks, or cars — weigh between 3,000 and 6,000 lbs, it’s easy to see how dangerous they are.
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Different Types of Commercial Vehicle Accidents
There are many types of truck accidents. Each one can change your life in the blink of an eye. Knowing what kind of truck accident you were involved in can help you plan your next s
Here are some of the most common types of truck accidents:
Head-on Truck Accidents
Head-on truck accidents are one of the great perils of driving. You may be driving lawfully on your side of the road when suddenly an out-of-control big rig swerves into your lane. Although these events are rare, they can turn deadly when they happen. Often drivers who commit head-on accidents are distracted or under the influence.
Rear-end trucking accidents happen when the vehicle in front of a truck is struck from behind. These accidents occur due to a driver slowing down, stopping quickly, or turning off a road. Because of their large size, big trucks can’t stop as quickly as a car. If a big rig tailgates a car, it won’t have enough time to stop.
Underride accidents are similar to rear-end accidents. The key difference is that an underride accident is when a vehicle rear-ends a big rig. Because the bumper on an eighteen-wheeler is at a car’s windshield height, a car can go under the tractor-trailer and collide with the wheels.
T-bone accidents — also known as side-impact, angle collision, or broadside crashes — occur when the front of a truck hits the side of another vehicle, forming a T shape. T-bone accidents most often occur at intersections when a reckless truck driver blows through a red light or stop sign.
A jackknife accident occurs when a trailer twists toward the cab, forming a v-angle shape. Although many types of conditions may cause this jackknifing, improper braking is usually to blame. Jackknifing accidents take up a substantial part of the road and can soon cause a multi-car pileup.
Truck rollovers typically happen when a driver loses control of their truck. Driving recklessly with an overloaded or not adequately secured cargo can cause truck instability. All it takes is a hairpin to cause an overly-loaded truck to lose control. Blowouts are sometimes a contributing factor to rollover accidents.
Overloaded or improperly secured cargo can cause an accident. Trucks are often loaded quickly and with as much cargo as possible. Unfortunately, the loading dock crew isn’t as mindful as they should be. Oversized loads — or poorly secured cargo — can break loose in the trailer and cause the truck to lose control. Poor logistics and planning can lead to cargo accidents.
Hit & Run
Hit and run accidents are much more common than you may believe. Sometimes, a truck doesn’t see that it struck a motorist, and other times they flee because they know they were in the wrong. A hit and run includes any time a trucker leaves an accident scene before an official accident investigator clears them.
Accidents In An Intersection
Whether or not the intersection includes stoplights or stop signs, anywhere roads come together is a prime spot for a trucking accident. Because of their tight deadlines, truckers may be more likely to breeze through intersections to save time. This kind of aggressive driving endangers everyone on the open road.
Runaway Trailer Crashes
A runaway truck is an unstoppable force of chaos. Runaway accidents can be caused by sudden changes in motion, overloaded trucks, blowouts, brake failure, or going too quickly down a hill. The steep grade of mountains in the Eastern Kentucky region creates more potential for runaway accidents.